The Last Unicorn

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Overview

Only one of the mythological creatures escapes the evil King Haggard's voice by Christopher Lee plan to eliminate all unicorns from the land in Rankin-Bass's Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer sophisticated production of The Last Unicorn. In hopes of rescuing her exiled breed, the last unicorn voice by Mia Farrow teams up with the kindly, if bumbling wizard Schmendrick the Magician voice by Alan Arkin, who accompanies her on the far-reaching and treacherous quest...
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Overview

Only one of the mythological creatures escapes the evil King Haggard's voice by Christopher Lee plan to eliminate all unicorns from the land in Rankin-Bass's Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer sophisticated production of The Last Unicorn. In hopes of rescuing her exiled breed, the last unicorn voice by Mia Farrow teams up with the kindly, if bumbling wizard Schmendrick the Magician voice by Alan Arkin, who accompanies her on the far-reaching and treacherous quest to save her kind. ~ Tracie Cooper
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Special Features

Disc 1: ; "Immortal Characters" featurette; Audio commentary with writer Peter S. Beagle and publisher Connor Cochran; 2010 The Last Uicorn art contest gallery ; Peter S. Beagle and his work; "The Tail of the Last Unicorn" minidocumentary; Schmendrick's magical gallery ; Original trailer ; Trailer gallery; Disc 2: ; "The Tail of the Last Unicorn" minidocumentary ; Schmendrick's magical gallery; "Escape the Red Bull" set-top game ; About Peter S. Beagle ; Original trailer ; Theatrical gallery
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
There is real magic in this overlooked, cel-animated fantasy that was originally released in 1982 B.C. (Before Computers). Adapted by Peter Beagle from his own novel, The Last Unicorn is a more mature change of pace for directors Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass, the creators of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and other stop-motion holiday perennials. Mia Farrow puts her heart and soul into the voice of a unicorn, who is stunned to overhear that she may be the last of her kind and ventures from her enchanted forest to discover what became of her brethren. Alan Arkin adds his own magic to the hapless Schmendrick, an aspiring wizard, who accompanies the unicorn and transforms her into human form. Jeff Bridges is the voice of Prince Lir, son to the wretched, aptly named King Haggard, who has corralled all the unicorns ("but one") into the sea for his amusement. This film's G rating is generous; PG might be more appropriate. The ferocious Red Bull who does the King's bidding may upset younger viewers, and the scattered mild profanities may give parents pause. Themes of loss and regret might also be too sophisticated for the preschool set. Jimmy Webb composed the hit-and-miss songs performed by America. The voice cast also includes Angela Lansbury in a villainous role as the keeper of a fraudulent circus of so-called mythical beasts. Robert Klein flits in and out of the film as a jive-talking butterfly. Japanese animators account for the film's anime look, which was not as mainstream in 1982 as it is today.
All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
Produced by the famous children's cartoon duo Rankin-Bass, The Last Unicorn is a lesser-known but worthy entry in the family fantasy-adventure genre. Based on his own novel, the screenplay was adapted by Peter S. Beagle, who also adapted The Lord of the Rings for Ralph Bakshi's 1978 animated film. In this story, emotionally charged drama takes precedent over rousing adventure, as many of the characters are dealing with some kind of loneliness or loss. The dramatic focus is helped by Hollywood actors supplying the voices, such as Alan Arkin, Angela Lansbury, and the ethereal-voiced Mia Farrow as the titular heroine. As fantasy-adventures go, the story is a standard quest, filled with magic and strange creatures, but it is exceptional for its strong characters and dialogue. The animation style is not exactly high in quality and it's worsened by inconsistencies, with much of the character design and animation done by both U.S. and Japanese companies. The music numbers are mostly unnecessary to the plot and feature Jeff Bridges and Farrow singing along with the '70s soft rock group America. If you can tolerate the songs, The Last Unicorn is a worthwhile film with much to offer adults and kids.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2011
  • UPC: 012236113379
  • Original Release: 1982
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Bonus DVD
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 11,579

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Arkin Voice Only
Jeff Bridges Voice Only
Mia Farrow Voice Only, Voice Only
Tammy Grimes Voice Only
Robert Klein Voice Only
Angela Lansbury Voice Only
Christopher Lee Voice Only
Keenan Wynn Voice Only
Paul H. Frees Voice Only
René Auberjonois Voice Only
Brother Theodore
Jack Lester
Don Messick
America Singer
Technical Credits
Jules Bass Director, Producer
Arthur Rankin Jr. Director, Producer, Production Designer
Peter S. Beagle Screenwriter
Matthew McCauley Score Composer
Martin Starger Executive Producer
Jimmy Webb Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Last Unicorn
1. Good Luck to You/Main Title [4:59]
2. The Butterfly's Songs and Story [6:29]
3. The Search Begins [3:26]
4. Carnival Captors [1:43]
5. Schmendrick Can See Her [3:25]
6. Mommy Knows Best [2:59]
7. Freedom for All [5:58]
8. Going on Together [2:00]
9. Bands of Outlaws [5:48]
10. Rescue... and Another Companion [4:31]
11. The Red Bull! [3:48]
12. "What Have You Done?" [2:17]
13. In King Haggard's Castle [5:35]
14. Settling in [2:44]
15. Now That I'm a Woman [3:45]
16. The Cat's Riddle [3:08]
17. That's All I've Got to Say [3:39]
18. What Makes the King Happy [4:38]
19. Memory of Wine [4:08]
20. Quest Through Time [4:34]
21. Victory and Liberation [4:42]
22. Separate Ways Home [3:16]
23. End Credits [1:07]
2. A Fine and Private Place [1:08]
3. The Last Unicorn: The Lost Version [1:43]
4. I See by My Outfit [:59]
5. The Innkeeper's Song (& Giant Bones) [:57]
6. Tamsin [:57]
7. The Line Between [:23]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Last Unicorn
   Play Movie
   Scene Selectios
   Special Features
      Original Trailer
      The Tail of The Last Unicorn
      Escape the Red Bull
         Instructions
         Play Game
      Trailer Gallery
      Schmendrick's Magical Gallery
      About Peter S. Beagle
   Set up
      Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital)
      Audio: English 2.0 (Dolby Digital)
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Watch it first before you give it to your kids

    I saw this movie for the first time when it came out on television, in 1985. I was 4 years old. My dad taped it for me. He knew I loved Flight of Dragons and since that was my favorite movie, thought I would like this one too. I watched it on a dark rainy day in early spring. Bad idea! I cannot tell you how many nightmares I had from this movie and was unable to sleep well from how long. If your child is highly imaginative and/or sensitive, please don't let them see this until they are in their teens, b/c there are many, many disturbing and perverse elements in it. Not only that but the language and themes are somewhat difficult for a child to understand. So why my rating? For its audience, which should be teens to adults, it is a profound work of art that american animators just don't make anymore. It is true japanese anime, before it was known as such. Remember, just because something is animated doesn't mean its for kids!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    17-Year-Old Reviewer says Hooray!

    I fell in love with this movie when I first saw it 10 years ago. I now have the book (by Peter S. Beagle) and the CD (it says The Last Unicorn in German but the CD is in English) along with the VHS and other random Last Unicorn items. I was so excited to see this come out on DVD and i STRONGLY suggest that everyone who likes unicorns, fantasy or just plain beauty should watch this incredible movie. Believe me, it's not just any cartoon.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful, but not for the very young

    This is a brilliant adaptation of Beagle's book -- I loved it when I saw it as a kid, and can't wait to share it with mine, when they get a little older. The themes and overall tone of the book are beautifully preserved, which means it's awfully creepy and stressful in places. I can't wait to see it again, now that it's available on DVD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Fantastic Tale!!

    This movie has been my favorite story since the moment I first watched it! I love that it is being re-realesed for a whole new generation to love. I can't wait to share it with my own children!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A childhood favourite

    I saw this movie originally in 1984 when I was 8. I watched it continuously until 1986--when it seemed to disappear from the planet. Just the other day, I saw it on cable and threw a tape in the VCR. Knowing VCR tapes have the lifespan of milk, I searched desperately for it on DVD and also the book to read to my newborn daughter. And here they are. Goddess bless Barnes & Noble!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is the best movie in the world

    I remember watching this movie when i was about three or four. It was my favorite movie and probally still is. The movie has so much adventure and fantacy in it, its hard to resist. For all you people who have not seen it, go rent it today. You wont regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not for small children.

    I could really understand that the person who wrote the review was right, a kid even at 4 would've been TERRIFIED... i wonder why they add THAT much scary stuff!?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unicorns Forever

    OMG. If you have not been blessed with the opportunity of seeing this movie, run right out and get it. Now. I loved it as a teenager and hadn't seen it in years until just recently when my 'friend' brought it over. He just loves it. It was such an eye opener to realize that you didn't have to be high to enjoy this film like I originally thought. You really don't need alcohol and drugs to have a good time. This movie finally proved that to me. It also has helped me with my foundation's plight to end unicorn hunting for meat, their precious horns, and sometimes even for the hide. Check us out. We are Unicorns Forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2005

    Rent it Till you cant no more!!

    O my god! i loved this movie so much when I was little. I Used to rent it from the Hollywood Video every day.. and when i had 2 return it i had just re-rented it. In the end i wasnt allowed to rent it any more becuase my brother got tired of watching it over and over. But to this day i hope i get another chance to watch the movie. Its the best mix of fantasy and emotions and beuty i have ever seen. And i have yet to watch a movie that tops it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An All-Time Favorite!

    I loved this movie as a kid! I first saw it when I was 6. I'm now 26, and I still remember how all my mom had to do to get my cousins and I quiet would be to put this in the VCR. This video was definitely the cause of my love for such movies as the Hobbit, LOTR, and any number of fantasy movies later on. Seeing this here reminds me of the days of my childhood. It's got everything you could ask for: fights, magic, danger, comedy, beauty. I watched it so many times the video finally gave out. I never thought I'd ever see this in a store again, especially on DVD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of My Favorites

    I absolutely love this movie. If you like fantasy, you'll definitely love it. However, if you've seen and didn't like most of the titles(i.e. Labyrinth, Legend, etc.) I've listed below, you may want to skip this one. You might want to be careful if you plan on showing it to small children, as they do swear a few times, and some of the characters might be frightening to a young audience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A truely magical video

    I thought this movie was great! It is truely magical and tells the story of the last unicorn beautifully. It has great songs and graphics, the cels are really beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Favorite Movie Ever

    I have loved this movie ever since I was a little child. I used to sit with my best friend and make her watch it every weekend with me. The story is wonderful and enchanting, while the unicorn is beautiful and magical. I know this is not a typical childrens movie, but it is a movie that I will always love and treasure forever. I'm sure I will sit my children down more than once to watch it. I recommend this movie to everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A GREAT MOVIE

    a truely wonderful movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not for kids!!!!!

    i wish i had read the barnes and noble review before buyin this movie. it is a good movie for adults, but i don't need my kids repeating 'damn you' from the movie. they say damn twice and what 'what the hell' once and those are just the ones i caught. someone is also called an idiot. this movie doesn't belong in the kids section. i took it back to the store and exchanged it for one i knew didn't have bad language in it. it's not a G-rated movie!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must for all Unicorn Lovers!

    I remember the first time that I saw the moive The Last Unicorn. All of my life I've had a speical connection to unicorns. Weither or not this moive was the cause of it, I don't know for sure; but I do know that this movie definetly fueled it. The feelings that I get from watching the movie, or just from hearing the theme song alone; bring up so many feelings and memories that tap back into my childhood innocents and wonders about the world. A place where unicorns, fairies, and anything else fantasy where real and lived amongst us in our everday lives. I think that this movie is a must for not only unicorn lovers, but also for lovers of fantasy, and of course older children. I think that this movie can also help expand the immagination and creativeity of children. I guess the point that I'm really trying to make, is that you'll love it and so will your kids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A magical animated fable!

    Such a beautiful, exciting and unique animated movie that takes you to another world and the script is just original. A childhood favorite movie of mine, this is a movie for everyone, too bad the DVD is bareboned but that's OK, maybe next year when the remake hits theaters there might be a 2-Disc edition with widescreen to cash in on the remake. P.S: Amalthea in the movie, who is the unicorn's half-naked chick self is incredibly hot and is guaranteed to make men and boys watch this movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    loved it

    i love this movie it was given to me a a little girl and i have had it seens then , and i would get it if i was you . you will love it to

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A classic

    The Last Unicorn is one of my all time favorate movies. I still to this day have my original recording off of Showtime. I am so happy that it will be put out on DVD in March. Just the other day I was in Hot Topic and they had a Last Unicorn T-shirt, which made me so estatic bc I love the movie. Ever since I was a little kid unicorns have been one of my favorate mystical creatures. And with this movie being so great it's ashame that so many people do not know of it. One of my teachers in the school I am attending is one of the only people I know outside of my family that knows about the movie. Like I said before I am glad that this movie is going to be released on DVD bc that means I will be able to share this movie with my children in the future and I know they will enjoy it. I also have a 2 yr old god cousin who's sister loves me dearly and I want to be able to share this movie with her as well bc we are so much alike in many ways so I know she will enjoy it. I know that with it being released on DVD more people will enjoy this movie as much as all the people who've seen it in the past years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    want some popcorn? SHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

    my absolute fav. movie.couldn't take my eyes off it even if i tried!!!! no other movie could take its place. Perfect for the lover of the enchanted world of unicorns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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